A Long Hiatus

It’s amazing how life can take a hold of you.  Last year I graduated, got a job and started working.  A year and a bit later I’m still working and yet that is all I seem to be doing! And now we’re approaching the end of the year!  I went into the city on Sunday and was amazed that Christmas decorations are already on sale.  I’m not quite sure whether I’m amazed or shocked.

Anyways, this past year besides becoming a workaholic, I have been baking.  Not as much as I use to.  I was hit by the macaron bug at one stage and it seemed that was all I baked.  Lately though it’s been about trying out new places in Perth and revamping/reviving my blog to a foodie blog 🙂  Hence why I want to talk about The Classroom.

I have fond memories of primary school.  I was the little asian kid that always sat in the front row, never said anything and had “the bowl” haircut.  Gradually as my schooling progressed it went from front row to middle row then occasionally back row.  But The Classroom in North Perth brought back memories of school.  From their alcoholic lockers to their little table and chairs, everything about The Classroom was reminiscent of primary school.  The front of their menu which is in an exercise book details the rules about behaviour and respecting each other and so on and so forth.  Then comes the fun part, picking out the cocktail.  They have an interesting list of cocktails, each with a detailed history or science behind it.  They have revamped old ones and put a “scientific” twist to it.

For example, my LN2 Espresso Martini was made the old school way, but the twist to it was they poured liquid nitrogen into my martini giving it an ice cream top and finishing it off with cream and chocolate shavings.  It was strong like an espresso but just right.  My second favorite cocktail by far.  My friend had the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, which when I tried, had a nice ginger taste to it.  I’m not a big fan of ginger, but this was like a sweet ginger.  So drinks wise, for creativity and taste was top marks, a HD 😀

Clockwise from top: LN2 Espresso Martini ($22), Bad Apple ($18), Dark ‘n’ Stormy ($18)

On the other hand, the food was a hit and miss.  Whilst waiting for our other friends, my photogenic chickadee and I ordered a beetroot capaccio with grilled haloumi, asparagus and chestnuts ($15).  It was nice, fresh and simple.  We were like wow, this is nice.  Then our other friends joined and we shared the 10hr Bourbon Beef short ribs with maple roasted pumpkin and broad bean pesto ($32).  The meat was literally falling off the bone.  Miss Photogenic Chickadee was so happy, we once had a bad experience with beef short ribs, the chefs at The Classroom really did justice to these ribs.  They were sweet, but not too sweet, and the pumpkin was soft and sweet and it was really a perfect combination.  The downside was, there wasn’t enough!  Everyone really enjoyed the ribs.  At this point we were like, Yeah! the drinks are great, the food is great!  But then came the downfall.  During the course of the night we noticed other patrons ordering these round friend balls.  I thought they were drumsticks =_=’  But they were Zucchini fritters with a cucumber and feta whip ($14).  Presentation wise, it was amazing.  Taste wise, not so amazing.  Unfortunately the fritters lacked any sort of flavor and texture.  The cucumber and feta whip, I didn’t understand.  My friend told me it was a foam, which made me even more confused because then I just associated it with the Foam Burst Body Wash :S  It had no flavor either.  So the whole dish was quite flavorless.  My friend mentioned if it had some bacon bits in it to give it some flavor and texture and maybe change the whip, it might have been a great dish.  Hence food for us was a D, the only saving grace was those beef short ribs.

By the end of the night, it was pretty happening at The Classroom.  I noticed some dressed quite retro with those over the top shoulder pad blazers and short skirts and bright colored suits.  Overall, it wasn’t too bad.  Maybe I could’ve tried some more of those dishes.  But for drinks, the cocktails are worth a shot
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♥ cupcakerist

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Cream restaurant

The first time I visited Cream restaurant was about a couple of years ago for a dinner with a couple of girlfriends. I was quite amazed with the restaurant because I had never been to such a cool restaurant before. Let’s just say at that time I was only 21 and it was my first dining experience with friends ^_^ Since then nothing much has changed apart from the food and the chef. The decor is pretty much the same with a couple of booths at the back to make it seem more private and shaggy carpet on the walls. I’m sure it’s not really shaggy carpet, but it felt like purple shaggy carpet to me hehehe UPDATE: it isn’t purple shaggy carpet, but black and red faux fur. Dim lighting really does play with your eyes!

The decor isn’t too bad, the down side is it’s a dimly lit restaurant. I don’t mind dimly restaurants if it’s not too dark. But this restaurant was dimly lit and the lighting was red as well, so most of my photos were taken with flash. If it was without flash, everything would look red >_<. The lighting reminded me of a restaurant I went to a couple weeks ago. It was so dimly lit that you relied of the candle that was in front of you to see your menu! The table next to me was worse, they actually asked the waitress for a torch, which she did provide, in order to read their menus!!

So we ordered our drinks and I ordered a Berrioska ($16) which was ultimately a caprioska with a berry twist. Let’s just say by the end of the night I was drinking more vodka than berry. Maybe I should have stuck to my safe mojito, but then again I might have been drinking more rum than mint! It was a nice drink, but maybe a bit too heavy on the vodka.

Berrioska ($16)

We ordered some warm New Norcia French sticks ($10.50) to start off with. This was accompanied with the classic olive oil and balsamic vinegar, marinated olives, homemade cognac pâté and onion confit ($5.50). I like my pâté in small doses. This pâté was creamy and smooth and just downright wonderful. I could have finished the whole bowl, but I had to share with 2 other people. The onion confit was like an onion jam, sweet and soft and full of flavor. The bread was Delish. It felt like it was just out of the oven. The outside was crusty but the inside was warm ands soft, just the way I like my bread.

New Norcia French sticks ($10.50) with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, marinated olives, homemade cognac pâté and onion confit ($5.50)

Homemade Cognac Pâté

If you haven’t noticed, the pâté has a layer of butter on top. This is to keep the pâté from oxidizing and discoloring when it is kept in the fridge.

While we were waiting for our mains to arrive there was a dinner party happening in front of us. It was quite fascinating to watch as it was hosted by one person for his many friends and they looked like they were having such a jolly time. One funny thing I noticed that after each course the person that had originally sat on a chair with a yellow post it note had to move 2 spaces to their left. I think it was to keep conversation flowing and to let everyone mingle with each other, which was quite ingenious of the host. I must remember that when I host a dinner party haha

So our mains had arrived. My mum ordered the Slow Roasted Breast of Free Range Chicken​, Pan Fried Mushroom Risotto & Truffle Jus ($36.50). It was nice, nothing overly special. The chicken was tender and the risotto was just nice, not on the gluggy side which you can sometimes get. What I was left wondering was if there was any truffle jus. There was definitely some jus there but I couldn’t taste any truffles. It was an ok dish, although rather bland in presentation. Everything was a shade of white or brown :S

Slow Roasted Breast of Free Range Chicken , Pan Fried Mushroom Risotto & Truffle Jus ($36.50)

My dad’s dish was the Barbecued Cutlets of Arabic Spiced Lamb, Roast Vegetable Couscous, Crispy Eggplant & Wild Fig Jus ($38.50). I managed to try a slice and the lamb was quite succulent. Being a fan of lamb I think my dad quite enjoyed his dish.

Barbecued Cutlets of Arabic Spiced Lamb, Roast Vegetable Couscous, Crispy Eggplant & Wild Fig Jus ($38.50)

My dish was Crispy Roasted Lean Pork Belly, Strudel of Pan Caramelised Apple, Leek & Goat’s Feta, & Green Apple Balsamic ($37.50). I was surprised with my dish. My pork came out as a triangle! The skin looked crispy, but when I did tuck into it, was I utterly devastated. It was the opposite of crispy, and it was chewy as well :(. The pork was cooked nicely, but the skin let it down. I was also left wondering where the leek and goat’s feta was. I could taste the balsamic vinegar, but to say that it was a green apple balsamic may be a bit of an overstatement.

Crispy Roasted Lean Pork Belly, Strudel of Pan Caramelised Apple, Leek & Goat’s Feta, & Green Apple Balsamic ($37.50)

The strudel of pan caramelized apples was ok. It tasted like a strudel without the sugar and cream. The apples were a bit tad on the sour side but it was ok. The skin though…sigh…if only it was crispy.

Inside the apple strudel

So far, the evening was like a roller coaster. The high was the New Norcia bread and pâté, the low was the not-so-crispy pork skin. We decided to stay for dessert as if was heavily raining outside so we thought we would wait it out. We ordered a Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch sauce and Vanilla Chantilly cream ($16.50) to share. The sticky date was moist and warm with the not too sweet butterscotch sauce to accompany it. I have unsuccessfully tried to make vanilla Chantilly cream before. But this was just right. It wasn’t too heavy on the mascapone cream and it was light. It suited well to the dish. Some light to balance out the heaviness of the dessert.

Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch sauce and Vanilla Chantilly cream ($16.50)

I must say that at the end of the night it was a mixed bag of emotion. Unfortunately for me, by the time we were to leave the vodka was not reacting nicely with my food and causing all sorts of distress. I will be visiting Cream again, but maybe not for another year or so.

Highs: New Norcia bread, the homemade cognac pâté and the sticky date pudding dessert
Lows: not so crispy pork skin, the too much vodka berrioska
Decor: 3/5, it could use a bit of updating and lighting
Service: 4/5, prompt and efficient despite having to serve the dinner party as well. There was only one waitress on that night and she was pretty good considering the circumstances
Food: 3/5 the highs gave it an extra point
Price: $$$$$, it’s not a place you would go every week, it’s like a “special occasions” kind of restaurant
Overall experience: 3/5, it wasn’t terribly good, but it was terribly bad either, just average

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♥ cupcakerist

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Louis Baxter

Louis Baxter

Louis (pronounced Lou-ee) Baxter is a small little cafe opened recently by Eamon Sullivan (the Australian Swimmer) and his business partner Laki Baker.  The food is simple and the coffee is to die for ^_^ And the interior of the cafe is welcoming and the painting on the wall is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G hehehe.  I went there with my parents to celebrate my birthday.  I wasn’t really planning on doing anything this year, but trying out a new cafe didn’t sound too bad 😛

So we each ordered something different and had coffee as well.  Their coffee beans are Campos Coffee which is according to them a “coffee epiphany”.  To my dad, it was a coffee epiphany 😛  He loves his long black strong and they gave it to him strong 😛  On the other hand the coffee was a bit too strong for my liking.  Maybe I should have ordered a flat white, more milk might weaken the coffee strength 😛  But all the same it wasn’t too bad after a couple of sugars 😛

From top, clockwise: 12 hour Crispy pork belly slide with fennel and apple slaw; Slow roasted lamb sandwich with caramelised onion and chimichurri; Chocolate and Strawberry macarons; Poached chicken baguette with avocado, tomato, danish fetta and salad

The food on the other hand was quite nice.  Never got to try the pork slider as my mum didn’t leave me any to try 😦  But my poached chicken was cooked to perfection.  Unfortunately they didn’t have a baguette so I had it as a sandwich and it was just as yummy.  I love how they come on wooden boards.  Quite nifty I think ^_^  The roasted lamb sandwich was just as nice.  I love toasted sandwich when you bite into them they have an instant crunch and the insides are soft and yummy ^_^

The macarons on the other hand are a different matter.  I think I’ve tried so many macarons that I’m quite finicky with the taste.  You don’t want macarons that when you bite into it all you taste is sweetness and unfortunately the strawberry macaron was like that.  I don’t think I tasted any strawberry flavor in there.  Whereas the chocolate macaron was extremely chocolatey.  It reminded me of leftover chocolate mixture I use to lick from the bowl after baking a chocolate cake 😛

Overall I enjoyed the lunch.  It was quite yummy and I would definitely visit them again with friends ^_^  On a side note, check out my birthday present ^_^  Now I don’t have an excuse to be late anymore 😛

Tissot Classic

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Deevine Cafe

Bailey my Boy

A couple of weeks ago I went to Deevine Cafe with my parents for lunch.  From the outside it had a nice front.  We sat outside because Bailey my puppy came along for the ride.  I try to bring him everywhere if I can.  I don’t like to leave him at home by himself.  He’s not destructive at home, but I just don’t like the thought of him being lonely at home with nothing to do haha.  By the way, there was one time I left him a little longer than usual and he wasn’t happy and he chewed my FAVORITE PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BOOTS!!!  Let’s just say I was not happy =_=

Anyways, back to the restaurant.  It was a nice day, so we sat outside with Bailey and the menu was nice.  Ranging from soup of the day to mussels to salads and burgers.  So we all ordered a dish each.  Mum ordered the  Thai Curry Mussels.  Dad had a beef burger and I had a big breakfast, just because I didn’t have breakfast that day ^_^

Big Breakfast

So this was my “BIG” breakfast.  Seriously speaking, the only thing “BIG” about it was the 2 slices of toast that I got.  The eggs were like minute!!  I love my eggs, and I love them poached ^_^  They were seriously like the size of quail eggs :S  And only half a tomato too 😦 and one mushroom and one sausage and a couple of slices of bacon and that was it :S  Ok I know I’m ranting, but it wasn’t really that great 😦

Thai Curry Mussels

So you think that in this picture, the mussels look “amazing”.  But in all seriousness, they only had like 10 mussels in there at the most and most of the shells were either empty or closed 😦  You think that with thai curry mussels, the curry would be nice and semi spicy and I was hoping for some shredded coconut and thickness in the sauce.  My mum unfortunately compared it to “drain water”.  It was very very very very watered down and did not look as impressive as the picture shows.

Beef Burger

I think out of all the meals, the beef burger was the only one that was ok.  Not that great.  I mean you can get fantastic burgers at all the latest burger joints, but it was ok.

Now, maybe we just caught them on an off day or maybe lunches aren’t their strong point.  We were suppose to have coffee but we were waiting and waiting and waiting for it and it never came 😦

saddened 😦

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